Budget

Democrats Set Education Budget Compromise

Congressional leaders, after little consultation with GOP, offer budget bill that would boost Pell Grants and slash lender payments; Bush veto considered unlikely.

Pell Grant Increase On the Way

Bush's decision not to veto compromise budget bill means students will see more aid and interest rate reduction, and lenders will suffer large cuts in federal payments.

Bigger Tent for Minority-Serving Colleges

Just-passed law creates new federal categories (and provides new funds) for "predominantly black," Asian and Native American institutions, avoiding conflict inherent in previous proposals.

The Possible New Pell Grant: $4,925

Congressional compromise would lift maximum grant by $125 more than $490 rise approved in budget act; NIH would receive $30 billion. Bush veto likely.

House Panel Backs Higher Ed Bill

Colleges have mixed views on bipartisan legislation that wins unanimous approval; full House fails to override Bush veto of education/health spending bill.

Federal Budget Blahs

Higher education's hopefulness for new influx of funds fades as Congress cedes to President Bush's wishes, passing spending bill that pulls many programs below 2007 levels.

Coping With the Crunch

Facing unexpected budget shortfalls, federal physics labs across the country are cutting back operations and hoping for a break in the next funding cycle.

Bush on Earmarks: Tough Words, Little Meaning

In last State of the Union, president takes two steps to limit lawmakers' pet projects for colleges and other recipients -- starting next year.

The Feds Giveth, and Taketh Away

Bush's 2009 budget plan would lift maximum Pell Grant to $4,800, kill other aid programs -- and slash funds for minority-serving colleges that gained in last fall's budget measure.

'Unreal' Boost for Science?

President Bush's proposed budget for basic research and development in the 2009 fiscal year seeks a record $147 billion, a 3 percent increase over 2008 that would elevate the physical sciences and engineering, in particular, while keeping funding for the National Institutes of Health flat and scaling back or cutting other domestic programs, including for financial aid.

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